West Yorkshire signalling upgrade

We’re upgrading the signalling technology to make the railway more reliable in West Yorkshire.

This major investment for the North will see traditional lineside signalling systems modernised and transferred to Network Rail’s state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in York, bringing with it the closure of six signal boxes in West Yorkshire.

This scheme is being delivered in two phases, the first phase – completed in January 2018 – saw the signalling upgraded on the Transpennine Route between Ravensthorpe and Marsden via Huddersfield. The second phase – due to be completed in October 2018 – will see the signalling replaced on the Calder Valley line from Pudsey to Hebden Bridge via Bradford.

A look back at phase one: The Transpennine Route

Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in YorkAs part of ongoing improvements to this major route across the Pennines, and in preparation for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Network Rail in partnership with Siemens Rail successfully transferred the signalling from two signal boxes to the York ROC.
As part of this phase, Network Rail closed the Huddersfield and Healey Mills signal boxes, which were originally built in the 1950s. After three weekend closures of the route through Huddersfield, the third of which was completed in January, the first passenger trains on Monday 23 January were signalled from the York Rail Operating Centre.

Looking ahead to phase two: The Calder Valley Route

This phase of the scheme sees not only the transfer of signalling to the York ROC, but the complete renewal of the cabling and signals across the route.

October 2018 sees the closure of Mill Lane, Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Milner Royd signal boxes, marking a new era of signalling technology in West Yorkshire.

To complete this phase of the programme, Network Rail engineers will be working around the clock until October 2018. To find out more about our work near your property, view our community updates below:-

Contact us

For any comments or questions regarding the project, please contact our 24-hr Network Rail national helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or visit our contact us page.

You can also submit any questions or queries by email to transpenninerouteupgrade@networkrail.co.uk